Sunday, 14 February 2016
Home Tamil Affairs International Affairs Editorial Opinion Feature Culture & Community Interviews
Latest Entries:
Clinton touches down in Burma
Tamil Guardian 30 November 2011 Print ArticleE-mail ArticleFeedback On Article
   
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Burma, becoming the first senior US official in more than 50 years to visit the country.

During the landmark visit, Mrs Clinton is scheduled to hold a meeting lasting several hours with Burma's president Thein Sein. She is also due to fly to Rangoon for her first meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel-prize winning democracy movement leader she has described as "an inspiration".

Speaking to reporters before her arrival, Clinton said,
"I am obviously looking to determine ... what is the intention of the current government with respect to continuing reforms.
We and many other nations are quite hopeful that these flickers of progress ... will be ignited into a movement for change that will benefit the people of the country."
The Kachin Independence Organisation, one of the largest armed ethnic opposition groups in Burma, welcomed the Secretary of State’s visit commenting,
 "US can make Burma change towards democracy. The conflict has become serious and the need to solve it is urgent."
Some minorities have expressed fears that the visit could be exploited as legitimising the government, which was slowly began implementing reforms.

Alan Saw U, a community organiser from the Karen ethnic group in Rangoon, said he hoped Clinton would "focus on democratisation. We don't want her visit to be ... abused by the ruling authorities."

See our earlier post: British minister visits Burma (Nov 2011)
 
Share on Facebook Print ArticlePrint Article E-mail ArticleE-mail Article Feedback On ArticleFeedback On Article
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 14 February 2016
Sri Lanka not averse to international probe - Ranil

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said his government was not averse to international participation in the country's touted accountability mechanism, [more]

Tamil Guardian 14 February 2016
Sri Lanka is overcoming obstacles internationally - President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka was overcoming obstacles internationally, while some are making baseless accusations.

Speaking at an event in Polonaruwa, [more]

Tamil Guardian 14 February 2016
ICRC offers assistance to Sri Lanka to deal with families of missing persons
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to assist the government families of those reported missing reports ColomboGazette. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka have held a meeting to discuss an ICRC meeting entitled ‘Needs of the Families of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: Living with Uncertainty.’ Chairing the meeting, [more]

Tamil Guardian 13 February 2016
No foreign influence says Sri Lankan president
The Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena on Friday reiterated that his government was not under any foreign influence. Speaking at the opening of a concrete factory in Balangoda, [more]

Tamil Guardian 13 February 2016
Jaya urges Modi to halt Sri Lankan navy's repeated arrests of Indian fishermen
The chief minister of the Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, on Firday urged the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to take action over the arrests of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, after the latest arrest of 12 fishermen took place this week. [more]

Tamil Guardian 13 February 2016
Sri Lankan govt launches consultations process on reconciliation
The Sri Lankan government on Friday launched a consultations process, the 'Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms'. [more]

Tamil Guardian 13 February 2016
Mahinda Rajapaksa to form new political party
Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa set up a coordinating office in the wake of announcing that a group of MPs loyal to him will form a new political party. [more]

Tamil Guardian 12 February 2016
US announces funds to strengthen journalism in Sri Lanka

The US Department of State has announced funding for the strengthening of investigative journalism in Sri Lanka.

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour (DRL) said in the announcement that there will be an open competition for the funds, [more]


Print Editions

 
 

Contact Tamil Guardian
www.tamilguardian.com